Quotes on design – Steve Jobs, Eric Gill, Tom Dixon, Charles Eames, John Ruskin, Brian Reed, Milton Glaser

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

—Steve Jobs, 2003

“Letters are things, not pictures of things” – Eric Gill (1882-1940)


“Users make their credibility-based decisions based upon the site’s overall visual appeal.”
—Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, 2002

Working with Giulio Cappellini (head of Cappellini, the Italian furniture maknufacturer) was a real eye opener. It was a window into a world where design was prized and respected in its capacity to grow industry.

Tom Dixon

Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?
 Steve Jobs quotes (American Entrepreneur Apple co-Founder, b.1955)

Everything is designed. Few things are designed well

– Brian Reed

Only 2 problems with Ikea design – The big things fall apart and the small things fall off.

Nick Garrett

“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”
—Ben Shneiderman, 2003

Manufacturing is a beautiful world to the retail designer, and retail a paradise for the manufacturing designer.  They are identical because design intelligence, passion and hard work, makes either work.

Nick Garrett

“Design is so critical it should be on the agenda of every meeting in every single department.”
—Tom Peters, 2003

“Users said they were more likely to believe Web sites that looked professionally designed.”
—Stanford Web Credibility Study, 2002

“Beauty and brains, pleasure and usability — they should go hand in hand.”
—Donald Norman, 2003

“The perfection of art is to conceal art.”
—Quintilian, 95

I liked the Christmas parties. Very The Office and the travel to the beautiful world of manufacturing – Vietnam, India, China, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Thailand. But I couldn’t bear all day meetings and repeating myself endlessly.

Tom Dixon, about working at Habitat

“We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.”
—John Ruskin, 1880

“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose”
—Charles Eames

“To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master”
—Milton Glaser

“Design is directed toward human beings. To design is to solve human problems by identifying them and executing the best solution.”
—Ivan Chermayeff

“Design is the art of gradually applying constraints until only one solution remains.”

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